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There are many things that come to mind as Israel marks 55 years since it won its independence in 1948. If nothing else, Israel has demonstrated that Jews, given even less than half a chance, can collectively rise to the very peak of human achievement. We Jews have always contributed to mankind in much greater proportion than our numbers would suggest,
wherever we found ourselves. But it is in Israel, where Jews have organized a state, which after a mere 55 years, has fostered wondrous achievements in virtually all areas of human
endeavor, that what we are capable of is so obvious.
In a region of the world overrun with militaristic dictatorships that threaten its very existence, Israel has blossomed as a democracy.
In the midst of an Arab world with natural resources that stagger the imagination, Israel, with its relatively meager wherewithal, continues to distinguish itself with the impressive output of its economy and industry.
Israel’s scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs are truly the envy of the world, even if grudgingly so.
But it is in their modern role as the People of the Book, seeking fulfillment of the Biblical grant of Eretz Yisrael to the Jewish people, that the Jews of Israel make a truly unique statement. By their sacrifice and perseverance, they have already made possible continued Jewish settlement in the Holy Land. And they have already made possible the flourishing – and ingathering - of Torah learning amidst a sea of fundamentalist Islamic hordes bent on destroying the infidels.
We weep for the more than 21,000 souls - soldiers and civilians – who perished in the defense of Israel in the past 55 years. And there are perilous times ahead. Yet we take solace in the knowledge that there is a Creator, and promises were made….
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Judging by history, every time Hamas rebuilds their infrastructure, they are stronger than before.
His father asked him to read Psalms from the Book of Tehilim every day.
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Jerusalem has been aware of the importance of China to its growth and security.
In other words, how by any rational playbook can one even begin to explain anti-Semitism?
Entire movements within “orthodoxy” propagate a Judaism of outlandish folklore and Jewish mysticism
The Rebbetzin began campaigning to increase public awareness of the importance of saying Amen.
Obama is transparent, if you read his oracular signs with the right key.
The multiculturalism that animates the hate-Israel crowd is sprinkled with code words of oppression
All the tactical problems have solutions. The real problem is not with the enemy; it is with us.
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The UN ignores humanity’s worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel.
Since nothing is static in warfare, the lesson is clear: Iron Dome must be continuously improved to stay ahead of developments in any rocket technology Hamas and Israel’s other enemies might get their hands on.
The IDF pounding continued and it again seemed only a matter of time before Hamas would be forced to accept the Egyptian proposal.
Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.
So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas.
So Hamas needed a way to end the blockade and secure the release of its prisoners.
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